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Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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Future of Mining in Bolivia Uncertain


The miners offer the still-beating hearts of four freshly-sacrificed llamas to a statue of the fiendish god “El Tio,” who they believe affords them protection and good luck.

Gold Refining In The Ancient World


One thing that stood out for me is that Agricola was very specific about the type of metal or wood in the implements and vessels that were to be used.

What Is Incidental Fallback?


If you take the time to read the instructions that are included with a 404 permit application you will find the words “other than incidental fallback” in the application instructions.

Champions Crowned at the California State Gold Panning Championships


By the end of the day Sunday there were a lot of tired panners! By then they could have panned more than 10 times to continue to advance. This was not a picnic!

Montana Mining Association Raising Cash


The Montana Mining Association is trying to raise more than $150,000 to pay lawyers to continue the battle to overturn Initiative 137, the 1998 ballot issue that banned cyanide processing at most new or expanded gold mines.

Tips and Tricks: A Dredging Tip for Clearing the Tailings Pile


After a short time, the tailings pile can get very large, and can actually block the downstream end of the sluice box.

PGMs in California


The occurrence of platinum-group metals (PGMs) is rather widespread in California in placer deposits, but they are not of commercial interest as things now stand.

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